The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is an independent body that advises the government about the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage. Here's my latest post for them, following a recent visit. There are people in the town doing great things. One of them called this piece "really challenging." minimumwage.blog.gov.uk/2019/06/17/in-hartlepool-there-are-problems-the-minimum-wage-cant-fix/
It surely can't be expecting too much that the ability to honour those minimum rates of pay should be hard wired into business models, but also regulatory structures too.